Aberdeen the second most affordable University city in the UK
Going to University is an exciting time – but it is often also the first time that many young people are given full responsibility for all their outgoings.
Therefore, it is good to know that the 2017 Student Living Index by RBS has ranked Aberdeen as the second most affordable University city in the UK – and the most affordable in Scotland.
The study calculated affordability by dividing students’ average monthly living and accommodation costs by average monthly income.
The research found that the average monthly rent for Aberdeen students is £421.51 – below the UK average of £448.00. Unsurprisingly, London was the city with the highest rent (£584.32).
As well as good rental price (make sure to take a look at the ASPC rental page to see what is on offer), Aberdeen is a thriving hub of culture and entertainment, and on average students in the city have a higher term-time income than any other city – with £1583.80 coming from jobs, student loans and the Bank of Mum and Dad, compared to the average of £786,60 a month in Glasgow. Of course, based on hours spent working, or the amount that parents can contribute, these figures will not be the same for everyone.
Price is not the only reason to consider Aberdeen, however.
The Alternative UK University City League Table 2017 has found Aberdeen has the second lowest crime rate in the UK, behind Dundee. This is a great achievement for our city, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring it offers a safe place to live.
With both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, there are a huge number of reasons why students should consider Aberdeen as a place to study – the city offers a great deal of variety, from beautiful gardens where you can relax (or study) during the day, to clubs and pubs to spend an evening. According to people in the know, Vanity Fridays at The Institute is one of the top places to start the weekend.
Breath-taking scenery, top sporting opportunities and a bustling variety of shops help to make Aberdeen a thriving striving community.
Are you a student living in Aberdeen? Let us know your favourite thing about the city in the comments.